The Gordon Parks Center
Established in 2004, the Gordon Parks Museum/Center for Culture and Diversity at Fort Scott Community College focuses on the life and achievements of Fort Scott, Kansas native son, Gordon Parks. The Museum is located in the Danny and Willa Ellis Family Fine Arts Center in a 4000 square foot space and features 30 photographs donated by Mr. Parks, memorabilia from his home, photos of Mr. Parks, and much more.
Gordon Parks is often called a “renaissance man” for good reason. He was the first African-American photographer hired by LIFE magazine and the first African-American to direct a major Hollywood film. He was also a poet, a writer, composer, and artist. He also wrote and directed a ballet in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The mission of the Gordon Parks Museum/Center for Culture and Diversity is to celebrate the life and work of Gordon Parks and to use his remarkable life story to teach about artistic creativity, cultural awareness, and the role of diversity in our lives."
The Gordon Parks Museum/Center is open Monday through Friday during the regular school year. It may also be opened on the weekend for special tours. Please call before you visit to make sure the Center is open, as it is closed from time to time for meetings, travel, etc. Please contact the Center Director at 1-800-874-3722, ext. 5850 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.